Nursing Home Abuse

Could Eating Right Prevent Age-Related Hearing Loss?

The ravages of old age are well known: Bones become fragile, eyesight becomes cloudy, and hearing becomes muffled. Except…what if it didn’t have to be? It has long been known that calcium, vitamin D, and exercise can help keep bones strong. And now, new research suggests that at least some age-related hearing lost (ARHL) could …

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Minnesota Nursing Homes Seek to End the Stupor

How’s this for unconventional: The Ecumen chain of 15 Minnesota nursing homes has launched Project Awakenings, which calls for treating residents’ behavioral problems without resorting to antipsychotic drugs. The problems are real. Residents have physical and mental disorders, and they are often in pain, frightened, alone, and confused. In the worst cases, they react with …

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Cruise Was Big Hit With Nursing Home Residents

I don’t know what it is about December…maybe it’s the joyous holiday season, maybe it’s just an end-of-the-year need to balance the scales, but here is another feel-good story. This one is from StarTribune.com of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. In what is believed to be the first nursing-home vacation of its kind, 20 residents of Camden Care …

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Hepatitis Outbreak in Assisted Living Facility Kills Five Residents

Glen Care of Mount Olive Assisted Living has some explaining to do. According to an article on WRAL.com, North Carolina health officials have reported that five residents of the facility are suspected to have died in an outbreak of hepatitis B. The residents ranged in age from 63 to 83. At least three other residents …

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Independence Among U.S. Nursing Home Residents

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services compile data about nursing homes, and about nursing home residents. Yesterday, NPR News Investigations published an interactive graphic of the level of independence among U.S. nursing home residents. This graphic is quite cool! You start by choosing an independence measure you want to examine from the residents’ ability …

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November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

November is set aside to officially recognize a trio of related causes. It is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, National Family Caregiver Month, and Long-Term Care Awareness Month. As many as 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. According to the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, …

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